Frank Vogel Rumors
Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel considers himself to be a self-proclaimed “confidence builder’’ as a coach, but he’s also not afraid to go after players verbally when they need to be held accountable for poor performances. On Monday, Vogel had what he called an “uncomfortable conversation’’ about his team’s listless play a night earlier in a 117-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
“They’ve been challenged in very firm fashion in terms of our review of (Sunday) night’s game tape. I do expect them to respond with a better performance,’’ Vogel said prior to Monday’s game in New York. “It was a very poor performance and (Monday morning) we had a very firm film session.’’
“You’ve got to have some uncomfortable conversations in front of the team,’’ Vogel said. “That happened (Monday morning) and hopefully our guys pick it up. I expect them to bounce back. At least play with maximum effort. It’s not always going to be perfect, but our effort was good enough last night and we talked about that.’’
Vogel, a native of Wildwood Crest, N.J., met with representatives from the Magic and Knicks before ultimately choosing Orlando as next coaching stop. On Thursday, during the Magic’s first trip of the season to Madison Square Garden, Vogel talked about the coaching courtship. Vogel ultimately became the Magic’s head coach on May 20. Jeff Hornacek was hired by the Knicks on June 2. “I met with the Knicks. I did not get offered a job by the Knicks,’’ Vogel said on Thursday morning. “But I did meet with them. It was an intriguing spot, but Orlando was where I was hoping to end up.’’